Yellow Roses

My second painting for my ’50 Flowers for 50 Charities’ series will be raising funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, close to me here in North London. (In fact, I have ended up with four Yellow Rose paintings! I’ll explain how that came about in a bit…)

I have been inspired by the very tall yellow roses in my garden competing with our neighbour’s apple tree to be highest in the sky!

Framed against the blue sky, the flowers become emblems of the sunshine as the light hits them and creates a palette of vibrant yellows and oranges, which I hope I have captured in Yellow Roses #3:

I have chosen to support Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice because they are doing an amazing and important job of helping children who are seriously unwell enjoy life and make the most of the time with their families. An important part of their work is the location of The Ark, which is set in a stunning 7.5 hectare nature reserve. I was able to visit The Ark and Nature Reserve with my son several years ago when he went with his Cubs Scout group and I was really impressed by the beautiful Butterfly Meadow, Wildlife Ponds and Bluebell Wood. Last year a sensory garden and trail was also added so that the natural surroundings are now fully accessible to all the babies, children and young people supported by Noah’s Ark, 78% of whom are disabled.

If you would like to purchase one of my Yellow Roses #3 prints and also help me raise funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice you can do so here.

Also, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have painted four versions of my Yellow Roses. I began two paintings so that I would have the freedom to experiment and have a second painting if things went wrong! However, after sending Yellow Roses #1 off to the printers, once I received the proofs back, I realised I wasn’t 100% happy with the composition. So I began a third and a fourth version. This has meant I have spent a much longer time than I’d planned completing the second flower painting for my 50 Flowers series!! However, it does mean I have three extra original paintings that I will also be selling to help raise funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

(The original painting of Yellow Roses #3 will not currently be on sale, as I once I have completed my flower series I hope to organise an exhibition of all 50 original paintings that have been made into limited edition prints for ’50 Flowers for 50 Charities‘)

This is Yellow Rose #1 which I have altered a bit since I originally sent it to the printers. Although it is not the painting I have chosen to be reproduced as a limited edition print, like Yellow Rose #3, I think it captures a mood of warmth, happiness and optimism.

If you are interested in purchasing this original painting and supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice you can do so via my website here.

This is Yellow Rose #2. For this painting I chose to leave the background a flat pale turquoise blue colour, in order to ‘showcase’ the details and contrasts of the roses.

If you are interested in purchasing this original painting and supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice you can do so via my website here.

I still have a bit of work to do on Yellow Roses #4. Once it are completed I will post an update on this blog. You can also follow updates on my 50Flowersfor50Charities Instagram page.

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